2016 / 2017 Year in Review:
With a new ski season upon us, the Hinton Nordic Skiers (HNS) executive would like to recap the past year to keep all our members informed of the great work happening up at our Nordic Centre.
Things started early last fall with the inaugural “Chili Loppet” – a hit to be repeated this November. Given the low-snow conditions elsewhere, HNS was offered a last minute Cross Country Alberta ski race in December. Thanks to our excellent volunteer network, and experience hosting large events – we were able to pull this off without a hitch! THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!!
Bunny, Jack Rabbit, the new “Track Attack” and Biathlon programs ran all season long. We’ve got a lot of great skiers improving their skills and speed out at our club!!
We had some snow, did lots of grooming, skiing and a New Year’s Day social at the warming hut… Then came the Western Canadian Biathlon Race. Again, volunteers, THANK YOU!!!
The executive was able to secure a LOT of grant money this year to make some pretty big improvements: we purchased a new Alpina Grooming machine (Casino fundraising and Government of Alberta), completed phase 2 of the lighting project expanding the lit-trail network (Snowy River to the rock and back on the close half of Easy Rider – Canada 150), purchased more race fencing (Alberta Sport Connect) and new biathlon rifles (Town of Hinton). The Chalet floor was re-built, trails groomed, drainage fixed and the lodge was modified to move the school ski program indoors (furnace room).
For all of you wondering – Zone4 will be up and running later this fall for online registrations (programs, memberships, day use fees). Rates/fees will remain unchanged from last year.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Oct 14th, or on the trails later this winter!!